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Book Title: Miss Elizabeth Bennet|
Date of issue: 1936
ISBN: No data
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The author of the book: A.A. Milne
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 31.18 MB
Edition: Chatto & Windus
Read full description of the books Miss Elizabeth Bennet:A while ago I wrote, "review to come". There is a lot I'd like to say about this sparklingly witty play where the minor characters like Mr. Bennet and Jane are given a voice. However, it is all said very well in the blog, The Captive Reader. If I'd written a review it would have expressed the same opinions but The Captive Reader has done it first, and better.
The play was first performed, two performances only, in 1938. It's first radio outing was for the troops in 1944 (starring Margaret Rutherford and Arthur Lowe) and then it was revived by the BBC in 1967 which is this recording. It isn't brilliant quality but then it is nearly 50 years old. The book is very rare and expensive so I uploaded the audio file, Archive.org here. I am sure that Jane Austen herself would thoroughly have enjoyed it.
Read information about the authorAlan Alexander Milne (pronounced /ˈmɪln/) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems.
A. A. Milne was born in Kilburn, London, to parents Vince Milne and Sarah Marie Milne (née Heginbotham) and grew up at Henley House School, 6/7 Mortimer Road (now Crescent), Kilburn, a small public school run by his father. One of his teachers was H. G. Wells who taught there in 1889–90. Milne attended Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied on a mathematics scholarship. While there, he edited and wrote for Granta, a student magazine. He collaborated with his brother Kenneth and their articles appeared over the initials AKM. Milne's work came to the attention of the leading British humour magazine Punch, where Milne was to become a contributor and later an assistant editor.
Milne joined the British Army in World War I and served as an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and later, after a debilitating illness, the Royal Corps of Signals. He was discharged on February 14, 1919.
After the war, he wrote a denunciation of war titled Peace with Honour (1934), which he retracted somewhat with 1940's War with Honour. During World War II, Milne was one of the most prominent critics of English writer P. G. Wodehouse, who was captured at his country home in France by the Nazis and imprisoned for a year. Wodehouse made radio broadcasts about his internment, which were broadcast from Berlin. Although the light-hearted broadcasts made fun of the Germans, Milne accused Wodehouse of committing an act of near treason by cooperating with his country's enemy. Wodehouse got some revenge on his former friend by creating fatuous parodies of the Christopher Robin poems in some of his later stories, and claiming that Milne "was probably jealous of all other writers.... But I loved his stuff."
He married Dorothy "Daphne" de Sélincourt in 1913, and their only son, Christopher Robin Milne, was born in 1920. In 1925, A. A. Milne bought a country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex. During World War II, A. A. Milne was Captain of the Home Guard in Hartfield & Forest Row, insisting on being plain 'Mr. Milne' to the members of his platoon. He retired to the farm after a stroke and brain surgery in 1952 left him an invalid and by August 1953 "he seemed very old and disenchanted".
He was 74 years old when he passed away in 1956.
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